Schools and Colleges with Bail Bonding Programs: How to Choose

Bail bond agents write agreements that pledge money for criminal defendants to be released from jail before trial and that guarantee the defendant's appearance in court. Many accredited colleges across the U.S. offer bail bond training programs, but private, non-accredited companies also offer training and certificate programs.

How to Select a Bail Bonding Program

Bond agents are typically regulated by a state's department of insurance, which requires training, work experience and licensure of all individuals employed in the field. Several states require bond agents to have a year or more of experience working in a bail bond company prior to being eligible for a licensure examination. For this reason, work experience requirements should be fulfilled prior to beginning a training program.

Some considerations for aspiring bail bond agents:

  • Because most states require bail bond agents to be licensed, students must first determine whether a school's program conforms to state licensure guidelines, and while each state has different requirements, most require bond agents to sit for an examination to be licensed.
  • Some programs that do not entirely comply with state requirements have established relationships with other schools to ensure a complete program, and when attending these programs, students must take additional coursework at another school.
  • Another important factor to consider, when choosing a bail bond program, is whether it trains bail bond agents or bail enforcement agents and the two are different positions with unique training and licensure requirements.
  • Students should also consider a program's length and schedule, as some programs are offered on evenings and weekends, with some class components taken at home or online.

Bail Bond Agent Training and Certificate Programs Overview

Private training companies often award a certificate of completion to graduates of the bond agent program, but these certificates are not the equivalent of completing college course credit hours. Program length can be extended if a student is required to complete at-home coursework or instruction not included in the program, such as firearms training. Program instruction generally includes:

  • Legal and liability issues
  • Safety
  • History of the field
  • Handcuffing
  • Gun training

10 Programs with Bail Bond Agent Training Programs

College/University Institution Type
Hillsborough Community College 2-year, Public
Mineral Area College 2-year, Public
Phony University 4-year, Private
University of Florida 4-year, Public
University of Alabama 4-year, Public
Miami Dade College 4-year, Public
Howard College 2-year, Public
Truckee Meadows Community College 2-year, Public
Central Virginia Community College 2-year, Public
Bail Enforcement Training Academy Private

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